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Joint Letter from ED and HHS on Fostering Connections Act and Education
This letter from Michael Yudin, Acting Assistant Secretary for Elementary and Secondary Education, Department of Education and Bryan Samuels, Commissioner, Administration for Children, Youth and Families, Department of Health and Human Services, highlights important issues impacting the educational stability and continuity of children and youth in foster care. It recognizes the importance of collaboration amongst agencies and programs serving this population and provides various resources and examples of local and state collaborations in addressing the education provisions of the Fostering Connections Act. It also provides information on the Foster Care and Education National Meeting that ED and HHS will co-host in November, 2011. Chief State School Officers and State Child Welfare Directors are encouraged to share the letter with local education agencies (LEAs), and LEAs are urged to share it with school officials, including principles and school social workers, as well as other local stakeholders. (Issued August 25, 2011)
A Collaborative Approach to Promoting Social Emotional Well-Being for Children, Youth and Families in the Child Welfare System
“No one system controls everything and every system controls something.” Working together makes sense; however, with competing goals or focus, it’s very difficult for systems to work together. This workshop, offered by The National Technical Assistance Center for Children’s Mental Health, at the Georgetown University Center for Child and Human Development, will provide participants with a broad array of collaborative strategies that can improve social emotional well-being for children, youth and families involved in the child welfare system. An in-depth review of North Dakota’s Wraparound Practice Model was conducted with a focus on the collaborative processes that have allowed North Dakota to sustain its approach for approximately ten years. Participants will learn about the critical components necessary for creating a system that supports cross-system collaboration, improved access to services and coordinated service plans. Key strategies to successfully engage children, youth and families in their own service planning and as full partners in systems development/implementation will be presented. To register for this call and to learn more about the 2011 National Topical Webinar Series, click on the link below.

NRCOI Fall 2011 Webinar Series
The National Child Welfare Resource Center for Organizational Improvement (NRCOI) has announced a series of webinars for Fall, 2011 on the following topics:  Performance Based Contracting and Quality Assurance – Building Systems to Support Success (9/29/11); Resources for Supervisory Training (10/25/11); and, Implementing and Sustaining Practice Models (11/29/11).  For complete descriptions of these sessions and lists of presenters, see the NRCOI website at:

Register on-line for these free sessions here:

Youth Transition Toolkit: A Guide for Young People with Disabilities Transitioning to Adulthood
This toolkit is now available online from Talent Knows No Limits (TKNL), a public information campaign of the California Health Incentives Improvement Project (CHIP). Developed in partnership with young people, the toolkit is designed as a how-to guide on preparing for transition to adulthood and making choices about their own health care, education, employment, finances, independent living, and social and recreational activities.  Questions the toolkit helps youth address include: What is Transition Planning? What is an IEP and how can I lead my IEP Meeting?; How can I manage my Social Security and medical benefits?; How does college differ from  high school? How can I obtain services for my disability during college?; What resources are available to help me choose the right career?; Is there assistive technology available that can help me secure a job?; How can I find accessible housing to live on my own?; What should I do to prepare for a job interview?
While some of the services and resources provided are California State-specific, much of the guidance is applicable to youth in any state. The toolkit was developed with funding from a Medicaid Infrastructure Grant from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.
Who are the Young Children in Foster Care? What Critical Points Must be Kept in Mind When Addressing their Needs?
Date/Time: Thursday, September 1, 2011, at 12:00 PM EDT
The National Center for Child Traumatic Stress will be hosting this live webinar, with presenters Anna Smyke, PhD, Tulane University School of Medicine; Jody Manly, PhD, Mt. Hope Family Center/University of Rochester, and Leslie Brown, LCSW, Children’s Relief Nursery. To register, visit the website below and login or follow the instructions to create an account.

This webinar launches a 9-part series addressing complex issues and critical needs surrounding young traumatized children in the child welfare system and those who care for them. Infants’ and toddlers’ unique needs within the child welfare system often do not receive adequate attention. Within a trauma-informed framework, participants will learn about a variety of issues relevant to very young children, their caregivers, and the individuals and systems charged with supporting their recovery from abuse and neglect. This free series will provide a knowledge base for individuals in systems that serve young foster children, ranging from child welfare workers, resource parents (both non-family and kin), mental health providers, psychotherapists, early interventionists, early childhood educators, occupational therapists, physical therapists, speech and language therapists, CASAs, guardians ad litem, child and parent attorneys, judges, administrators, and policy makers.

NCSE Conference: Best Practices in Attendance, Attachment and Achievement
Date/Location: Denver, Colorado, October 26-28, 2011
The National Center for School Engagement will sponsor this national conference, which will bring together experts and cutting edge information about how to engage high risk students, families, and communities in schools with specific outcomes of improving attendance, attachment, achievement and connectedness to school, and high school  completion. Learn more about the conference, read about featured speakers, and register to attend, by clicking on the link below.

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